Events

We're a friendly group who run a programme of evening talks from September to June, with a Quiz Night in October. Talks are at Bishop's Park Community Centre on the second Tuesday in each month.
We also have a walks programme, including local morning walks, day trips a bit further afield, and usually a weekend of birding once a year.
Everyone is welcome; you don't have to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to come along, although it is a good idea to confirm outdoor walks prior to the event. See below for more details.

April 2019

Sat
27

Walk - Walton on the Naze

Location: Meet at the Naze Centre at 10.00am
Postcode: CO14 8LE (Google map)

Managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust, the Naze is a unique coastal landscape of outstanding geological and biological importance. As the most easterly peninsula in Essex it is an important site for migrating birds and boasts a number of different habitats, both terrestrial and marine. The Naze also has immense historic and civic importance, the famous Naze Tower being just one example, and is a site where coastal change can be easily seen and understood - the sandy cliffs can be seen crumbling under the impact of the waves.
There are two cafes, a visitor centre and a gift shop.

Time: 10.00am

Price: There is a charge for parking. Donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

May 2019

Tue
14

Evening Talk - To Be Announced

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

to follow

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

Sat
18

May Weekend - Northumberland

Location: Northumberland - Farne Islands, Coquet Island, Hauxley Nature Reserve, etc.

Our annual group trip this year is based around a weekend in Northumberland.
Initial plans are to visit the Farne Islands, to see the breeding birds such as puffins, eider ducks, kittiwakes, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills, sandwich terns, common terns, shags, and many other birds besides. The Arctic terns should have arrived and Grey seals can be seen from boats - also dolphins if we're lucky!
We will also be able to take the boat out to Coquet Island, an RSPB reserve. Whilst we can't land, the boat does go close enough to see the birdlife this island haven holds, including 90% of the UK's roseate tern population - one of the country's rarest nesting seabirds. Other nesting species here include fulmars, kittiwakes, eider ducks and oystercatchers - and of course the puffins.
Lee also plans to visit Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre, one of the best wildlife-watching spots in the North East. Right next to the beach, it offers fantastic views across the length of Druridge Bay and is internationally renowned for its birds. Once the site of open-cast mining, the reserve has recently been extensively remodelled and extended, and the latest addition is the new eco-friendly visitors centre, built of straw bales.
Birds are not the only attraction here. Flowers include viper's bugloss, bloody cranesbill and northern marsh orchid. These attract butterflies such as the common blue and the wall brown. Dragonflies and damselflies can be seen on the ponds, and the woods are home to red squirrels.

Please register your interest with Lee and/or Simon, so that we can get an idea of numbers. Depending on interest and time available, we hope to add other locations to this trip.

Time: 9.00am

Price: Boat trip fees. Donations to Local Group welcome

Booking essential

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

June 2019

Tue
11

AGM and other events

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Annual AGM and other events to follow

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com